Fox Sports 1 reporter Jason Whitlock joined Tucker Carlson last night to discuss the hairy situation faced by the NBA as they try to appease their Communist Chinese overlords and pretend to care about the protestors fighting for Democracy in Hong Kong.
In short, Whitlock isn’t buying what the NBA is selling.
“These guys can rail against our government, our president and be applauded for it. They don’t have the courage to speak out against a communist government. All kinds of human rights violations. It’s the epitome of hypocrisy and cowardice,” he said.
He continued, bashing the “wokeness” of the league’s players and coaches, who have been known to inject themselves into cultural and political debates instead of focusing on entertaining us on the court.
“These basketball players, LeBron James, James Harden actually apologized on behalf of [Houston Rockets General Manager] Daryl Morey to the Chinese government,” he said. “We are apologizing to a communist government and then we have athletes here and coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich that rail against our government. We’re the bad guys in the minds of these NBA players and coaches and their little parade of being so woke.”
But perhaps the most fascinating part of the interview was when Whitlock exposed the motivation for the league’s capitulation to the brutal Chinese regime. One of the league’s major sponsors, Adidas, as well as other huge companies that dominate basketball like Nike, do serious business in China. That’s where the sweatshops are where child laborers are paid pennies to sew shoes together, and it’s where the league’s players go to hawk their own shoe lines to adoring Chinese fans.
“I think the cultural impact that China’s influence over a great sport, great American sport like basketball, is just now being exposed and just how dependent the NBA is on the Chinese economy and the Chinese money to put on the appearance of how great the league is doing. Without the Chinese money and without — you really have to understand the shoe companies, Nike, Adidas, they run American basketball from the high school level all the way to the pros and the shoe companies are dependent on the China market and that’s where all of this is coming from,” Whitlock said.
Carlson, who is an experienced interviewer and obviously well-versed in all sorts of political issues was surprised when Whitlock exposed the league’s motivations. Whitlock continued, explaining the interplay of culture and business as it pertains to the NBA.
“All of it to me is at the behest of the shoe companies,” he said. [The players are] doing the bidding of the shoe companies and protecting China and demonizing us and our culture and dramatically changing our culture,” he said “These athletes are young – and I’m not giving them an excuse but they’re young. Many of them didn’t go to college, they’ve only spent a year or two ago in college. They don’t understand how they’re being used and played to promote a communist, a Marxist agenda.”
For those who have not been following the story, some NBA organizations and players began to show solidarity with those fighting for democracy in Hong Kong, only for the NBA to tell them to back off. The league even ejected fans with pro-Hong Kong signs from preseason games Wednesday night. In addition, a CNN reporter was shut down by NBA personnel when she asked players Russell Westbrook and James Harden whether they planned to stop discussing politics and social justice after the China mess.
The interview is fascinating in its entirety and perhaps one of the most politically and culturally relevant news segments that anyone has done in a long while.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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